Australian hip hop legend Robert Hunter has passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009, weeks before the release of his charity album. The release features new tracks from Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Chase and more.
After being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer while on tour in Adelaide November 2009, in February 2010 Hunter received fundraising authority from CanTeen to produce an Australian hip hop compilation. 100 percent of the profits would go to CanTeen to aid other young people battling cancer.
Your Daily SPA believes that the compilation is close to release, and will be out before Christmas. As of September, it was “mastered and ready for production.”
We can reveal the following tracks – new songs that have been donated by the artists – as being confirmed on the 31-track release:
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Robert Hunter died at 7 am Thursday 20th at Murdoch Hospice Western Australia. Hunter had been suffering from terminal cancer since his diagnosis in 2009. He struggled for the last few days and then peacefully passed with his mother by his side.
Hunter’s family are making funeral arrangements and will issue a media statement with details of the special memorial gathering planned for fans and music industry peers.
His mother Trish says “I had 36 years with my beautiful son, he was the light of my life and I am so proud of what he achieved in the short time that we had him.”
Fellow SBX member Optamus says “It’s a sad day for Australian Hip Hop, a true legend and one of my best friends has passed. He has inspired many and will inspire many more, long live his memory!”
Marley’s mum Laura says, “I have been touched by the outpouring of love for Hunter, not just today but for all the people who have supported him with kind words throughout his battle. I am happy to say that we got to spend some quality family time together before he passed. Hunter tried not to let cancer affect his relationship with Marley.”
SBX crew member Porsah Laine who is working with him on the CanTeen charity project says “ I was hoping that Hunter would see the completion of his amazing project, but I’m happy the pain has gone. He’s set a standard for us all, to even in the face of death, follow your passion and always help others.”
SBX will be releasing a special track dedicated to Hunter’s 5 year old son Marley called ‘My Son’, so if you hear it on the radio request it and hit it up on You Tube to mark his sad passing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-n_9mpolrg